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PSHE: 23-29 July

A joint inquiry by the Health and Education Committees into children and young people's mental health, conducted before the general election, found that financial pressures on schools and colleges were restricting the provision of mental health services to pupils, despite a growing prevalence of mental ill health among children and young people.

The Government has indicated its commitment to make PSHE mandatory in schools and colleges but the Committees said that the promotion of well-being should not be confined to PSHE lessons. Instead, they recommended a whole school approach, including the promotion of well-being through the school’s culture, changes in the curriculum, and the continuing professional development of teachers and support staff.

PRAY for schools and colleges as they seek to provide the necessary support for children struggling with mental health issues. Pray for better training for teachers and support staff in mental health issues. Pray for the previous inquiry into children and young people's mental health to be taken forward by the new Health and Education Committees, and for positive recommendations to improve the situation in schools and colleges across the UK.

News of the week

  1. A group of 23 conservative Anglicans have signed a public letter warning of a revolt over the Church of England's stance on marriage. The letter claims that clergy holding traditional views on marriage are being "marginalised" and, if this continues, it could result in a split within the Anglican church.

PRAY for wisdom and guidance for the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (Justin Welby and John Sentamu) as they lead the Church of England. Pray for God to oversee the direction of his church in this nation. Pray for Christians in the UK to find unity under God.

  1. The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard, have ended their five-month legal battle to allow Charlie to undergo experimental treatment in the US. Charlie will now be allowed to "die with dignity". The case has ignited passions across the world, with some staff members of Great Ormond Street Hospital having been subjected to abuse and intimidation over Charlie’s care.

PRAY for the family of Charlie Gard as they grieve their loss. Pray for lessons to be learned from Charlie’s case so that parents and hospitals can work together better in the best interests of the child. Pray for parental rights regarding the education and care of their children to be respected in the UK. Pray for the safety of all NHS staff from abuse and intimidation.

  1. The average cost of holiday childcare has risen faster than wages over the last few years; the increase is most marked in the North East of England and Wales.

PRAY for families who are already struggling financially as they face the prospect of balancing work and childcare over the six-week summer holiday. Pray for church-led holiday schemes. Pray for additional support for hard-pressed families.

  1. BREXIT: Dr Liam Fox, the UK's International Trade Secretary, admitted this week that it would be "optimistic" to expect a new UK-EU trade deal by March 2019 (within the two-year Brexit window). He said there is likely to be a "transition and implementation phase" where the UK is technically outside the EU but voluntarily chooses to abide by its rules. Other reports suggest that government and banking officials from Germany and France are working to convince the EU that it is unfavourable to trade with Britain in a bid to remove business from the City of London to Paris and Frankfurt.

PRAY for Dr Fox as he discusses future trade deals with other world leaders. Pray for an early trade deal with the US. Pray for a beneficial trade deal between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. Pray for certainty for British businesses. Pray for concerns within the City of London regarding the future of the financial centre including the impact on jobs and the UK economy.

PSHE: 23-29 July

Please use these prayers both in your individual and church prayer times to hold the nation and its leaders before God in prayer and with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

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